Toronto might be the city of neighbourhoods, but in October that all changes as the city makes way for
the walking dead, ghouls, witches, monsters and a startling cast of very scary characters.
If you’re aching for some macabre fun this Halloween, you’re sure to find it just around the corner this
year as Toronto salutes its dark side. Here’s a look:
In its ninth year, this Toronto fan favourite, kicks off at 3 p.m. from Nathan Phillips Square on October
26. The Toronto Zombie Walk, which saw 6,000 undead stagger and lurch their way along city streets
last year, includes a parade, a zombie photo booth and a stall that lets you slather on blood to better
your look. Best of all, the event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re the type who enjoys the classics, you’ll love this live, interactive production of the zombie
cult flick Night of the Living Dead. Playing now till October 27 at Theatre Passe Muraille is Night of the
Living Dead Live, a live-action horror romp that pits audience members against hoards of – you got it —
Halloween with a healthy twist is offered up thanks to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation
Hospital Foundation, which hosts Monster Dash Toronto, a night run in which participants get to don
costumes and raise funds for a good cause. The event, which is for all ages, takes place on October 27.
The TIFF Bell Lightbox is showing a scary line-up of classic horror films on October 31. Do you remember
the spine-tingling terror you experienced watching Dead Ringers or The Exorcist? You can recapture that
sensation all over again. Other films on tap Halloween night include The Changeling, Ginger Snaps and
Hunted and Hungry.
Speaking of films, how about the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, which runs at the Scotiabank Theatre
from October 17 to 25. Celluloid thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline rush thanks to this line-up of
international horror, sci-fi, fantasy and shorts.
Perhaps you enjoy a melody with your terror? If so, you’ll love Evil Dead: The Musical, a live
performance comedy-musical thriller that follows a group of college kids trapped in a demon-filled
cabin. Performances run from October 24 to December 22 at the Randolph Theater (formerly Bathurst
If audience participation is your thing, give The Rocky Horror Show a go. This live performance play,
which is based on the 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, encourages the audience to dress
up and yell insults and quips as the performers act and sing. It’s at the Lower Ossington Theatre until
Here’s wishing you a fiendishly ghoulish Halloween.